SEAN Marco had no nerves cooking for The Queen when he was working at the Connaught Hotel in London.
This fearlessness in the kitchen is a theme of the Victoria Park resident and Crown chef’s career.
“I’m used to working in high-pressured jobs. When I worked at the Connaught Hotel we had a number of film stars such as Tom Cruise come in to eat,” he said.
“The Queen was probably the most high-profile person that I cooked for. I remember I cooked her a British lamb with truffle, artichokes and fresh peas with a raspberry soufflé; nothing over the top.”
Mr Marco has been involved with Crown since 2006 and has been announced as an executive chef of Crown Towers, which opens on December 1.
“There is a lot happening around the area; I’m really proud to take on the role,” he said.
“I’m not nervous about it; with my experience I’m really excited to pass on my knowledge to other chefs.”
Mr Marco was born in the city of Coventry in England before moving to Dorset in the country’s south.
“My mum was a waitress in a restaurant and when I went there on weekdays I remember being fascinated by their uniforms,” he said.
“I went to a catering college and then started working at some very good restaurants in the south of France.
“I came to Australia because I had some family in Melbourne and then I was offered a position in Perth with Crown.”
Mr Marco said he liked to keep thing simple in the kitchen.
“I’m a fan of British cuisine with Australian produce; I like a great piece of meat with some quality produce,” he said.